Bible Question:

You have tried so hard to prove that Christ is the Messiah (Meshia or Mashiach), but none of the historical facts that you provide suggest it. Why are you so kind to try and force us to follow your belief? How can we trust Christ after the bad experience of the last 1960 years of bloody history?

Bible Answer:

You have given us three questions. We take them in the order you asked them.

Historical Facts

You are correct that the historical facts do not prove that Jesus is the Messiah . These facts have been provided at this site for two major reasons. First, these historical references demonstrate that Jesus Christ did exist. The quotes come from non-Christian sources. There are some who are currently attempting to revise the historical facts about Christ. They claim that Christ never existed. These quotes show their error.

Second, the historical quotes give anyone, including Jewish people, a reason to stop and ask, “Is Christ the Messiah?” The rabbis have said that when Messiah comes he will usher in a time of universal peace. The rabbis also teach that when Messiah comes he will come with power and perform wonders. Jesus came with power and did many miracles. Christ also died when the prophet Daniel predicted that He would die in A.D. 33 . These are facts that one should think about.

Encourage Belief

We are trying to encourage (never force) others to believe in Christ. We believe that Christ is the Messiah and that those who reject Him will spend eternity suffering. But those who accept Christ as their Messiah and God will spend eternity in heaven.

And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved. (NASB) Acts 4:12

Bloody History

Within Judaism there are conservative, reformed, and orthodox Jews. Conservative Jews do not think and act like orthodox Jews, nor do all Christians act like one another. Reformed Jews do not believe and practice their Jewish faith as the orthodox Jews do either. The same is true within Christianity. Many who claim to be Christians are not true believers and genuine Christians . For many, being a Christian is not a relationship with God. It is part of their culture. So, when we look back in Crusades and Spanish Inquisition that occurred, we must remember that it was the Roman Catholic Church which did these things. Protestant Christians have never believed that war converts men and women. In fact, Protestants are strong supporters of Israel. Jesus Christ never encouraged his followers to go to war. In fact, history tells us that He did not fight to prevent His own death. In fact, one of His followers attempted to use a sword to prevent Christ from dying and here is what Jesus did.

. . . Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him. And behold, one of those who were with Jesus reached and drew out his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest, and cut off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.” (NASB) Matt. 26:50-52

Christ came in peace and died a cruel death.

Conclusion:

Why did Christ die? He died to forgive our sins. Here are the words of Isaiah the prophet about the Messiah.

But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth. (NASB) Isa. 53:5-7

We can have peace with God by believing that Jesus is the Messiah and God.